Compton Dando News

Home Energy Survey Opportunity

With energy bills rising and temperatures dropping, Zero Carbon Compton (ZCC) have secured some grant funding to provide a number of home energy surveys for the village.
The home energy surveys will be conducted by a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and are a great way to find out how to keep your energy bills as low as possible.
The surveys (which need to be conducted in winter) will use thermal imaging to show up cold spots throughout a property, so you can easily see if there are any problems to fix to help keep heat in your home and reduce your bills! We have a small budget available for quick fixes like draft proofing at the time of the survey too.
There are example images from a thermal survey attached to this email.
We just wanted to let you know that we will soon be in touch to see who is interested in having a survey and help you get one booked in. We don’t have funds to get every house surveyed, but we’re hoping to help those houses which need it the most.
We do have our own thermal imaging camera too, which is available to be borrowed, so if you’re interested in using that yourself please get in touch with us at

January’s Craft Day was a great success, as usual. Activities were painting, knitting, kumihimo braid making, crochet and I brought some new wood block printing gear which was fun for a number of us, if a little messy!  If anyone has any photos you’d be prepared to share please email them to me with permission that I can pass one or two on to local journalist, Ros Anstey, who helps us publicise our events.  If you really don’t want your photo in the local press, then please let me know.
Before the day I sent the information about Block Printing from  where they have some good videos.   I also got some of my wood blocks from Royal Kraft:
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The New Home of The Decopatch Place. Welcome to our little world of gorgeousness. Here for all of your Arty Crafty needs.
One or two people were interested in Jenny Smart’s headwrap patterns which teach you double knitting and a clever way of twisting.  Here is the youtube link: .
Thanks to everyone who helped with washing up, setting up tables, cleaning up and generally all your enthusiasm.  Jenny’s butternut soup was delicious as usual and mine was leek and potato this time but, as usual when I make it, stuck on the bottom of the pan a bit.  Next month I’ll make something else and welcome some suggestions.  We had the windows open for most of the day and the hall felt warm but airy;  I hope everyone stays safe and continues to have negative flow tests,
If you want to come for the last event of the winter next month please let me know before 5th February so that I can get ingredients for soup, bread etc.  If anyone would like to make a cake to donate that would be wonderful, please let me know so that I can ensure that I have something suitable for those with restricted diets. The days are getting longer and Spring will be round the corner when we next meet.  After that I’ll be out in the garden and won’t be doing another Craft Day until November.   If you don’t want to remain on this list let me know and if you have friends who’d like to join then equally get them to contact me and I’ll keep them updated with future dates as life (hopefully Covid freer) evolves.
Thank you all and keep safe, Harriette Dottridge

Christmas Wreath Making Success

Earlier this month a group of people joined Sarah, from Compton Garden Flowers, to make a wreath for their front door.

As you will see from the photo they all produced fantastic results.

Thank you to Sarah for putting on such a lovely workshop.

Great Village Quiz Night

Great village Quiz Night this year – thanks to everyone who took part. Nine teams with rounds including History, Airports, 21st century pop, and Animal Facts, plus a tremendous raffle, of course! Congratulations to team: Court in the Act, pictured, for winning the trophy.

A few dates for your diary

A few dates to make a note of, so you don’t miss out:

Saturday 11th September Village Coffee Morning in the Hall 10.30-12

Saturday 2nd October a Craft Day with Harriette in the Hall 10 – 4

Sunday 10th October Harvest Cafe Church at St Mary’s 10am

Wednesday 13th October CDCA AGM with a Guest Speaker 8pm in the Hall

Saturday 13 November Village Quiz in the Hall 7pm – teams of 6


The Wellsway in days gone by

Guests were treated to a very interesting illustrated talk by Brian Vowles about the history of The Wellsway in Keynsham and down towards Chewton Keynsham

and Burnett. We all learnt a lot about place names, local families and the development of the town.

January Craft Day

At our recent Craft Day we had 38 people through the door.  Activities ranged from needle felting an entire flock of sheep (by the end of the day), knitting everlasting Christmas crackers for next year to keep down the litter and waste of traditional crackers, lots of patchwork and needlework, crochet lessons, ceramic tile painting, someone upholstering a chair, weaving, wool spinning on a wheel and more.  The secret is that you bring what you like to do and are prepared to share, explain or let others have a go.

Lunch was delicious butternut soup (thank you Jenny Smart), Harriette’s leek and potato soup (as requested by Alice who made the yummy blackberry crumble cake and brought along the teas and coffee) homemade bread, gluten free and vegan cakes and options as well as a range of cheeses and fruit.  Thank you too to those who provided cakes.

We are looking forward to the next Craft Days on Tuesday 28th January and then Monday 17th February.  Again, they will be from 10-4pm and cost £6.00 including lunch.  Please could you let Harriette know by Saturday 25th if you are coming to the Tuesday event so that she can cater appropriately?

Thank you again for all your help, bringing your amazing creations and being such helpful and friendly people.  It is a real pleasure to be hosting these events.

Harriette Dottridge


Sunday June 16th 2-6 pm Compton Dando Open Gardens

Sunday June 16th 2-6 pm
Compton Dando Open Gardens

Come and visit 15 of Compton Dando’s gardens ranging from large ornamental to small courtyard gardens, all within easy walking distance of each other.
Entry fee is £5pp, payable at the first garden entered; accompanied under 14s free.
There will be free to enter children’s activities.
Free parking at the top of Court Hill.
Teas for sale in the Church, alongside an art exhibition.
Cards by a local artist, Compton Dando apple juice, plants for sale – in the Parish Hall.
If weather fine, display of classic cars on the village green.